Valentine❜s Day in Sydney 2023

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Are you lucky enough to have nabbed yourself a babysitter this Valentine's Day? Love is certainly in the air this Valentine's Day in Sydney with oysters being shucked, white tablecloths getting pressed, yummy high tea menus being tested, and red carpets rolling out for the ultimate date night!

If you'll be spoiling the kids with a little romance this year too, we've also got some great ideas of how to make Valentine's Day with the kids a memorable one. Who says romance is dead?!

Valentine's Day in Sydney 2023

1. Valentine's Day at Merivale

Merivale is sure to be rolling out the red carpet with exquisite dining this Valentine's Day at several of their popular Sydney restaurants.

From delicious French fare at Felix to Italian coastline cuisine at uccello and a delectable Cantonese banquet at Queen Chow Manly, there is absolutely no excuse not to book a table for a memorable Valentine's Day at Merivale this year!

2. Cinemas Under the Stars

Moonlight Cinema Valentines Day
Unwind for the evening with a classic romance movie at one of Sydney's glorious outdoor cinemas.

If you can sneak out sans kids, then check out what's on at one of Sydney's outdoor cinemas.

Roll up to Centennial Park for Moonlight Cinema's exciting lineup, which includes - spoiler alert - The Notebook this V-Day. If you're a bird, I'm a bird! Westpac Open Air Cinema at Mrs Maquaries Point is probably the most romantic spot with stunning views over the harbour. They'll be screening all the new blockbuster movies coming out this season until the end of February.

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3. Have Your Fortune Told

Babylon Rooftop
The romantic Babylon Rooftop.

Curious to find out if your love will stand the test of time? The Turkish coffee beans don't lie this Valentine's Day at Babylon Rooftop!

Book in for a romantic dinner at one of Sydney's best rooftop restaurants and enjoy 1.5 hours of bottomless Chandon Garden Spritz and grazing on a chef’s selection of meze, plus a real-life Turkish-coffee fortune teller will pay you an insightful visit to read what's in store for your year ahead.

4. Lotus at Barangaroo

Valentine's Day in Sydney
Cocktails and dumplings... name a more romantic duo? We'll wait! 

Barangaroo's Lotus has you covered for a delicious dinner this Valentine's Day in Sydney.

With Valentine's banquets on offer for either two or four people, these set menus have been designed exclusively for the evening of 14 February so that loved-up couples will enjoy a stunning selection of incredible flavours for either $119 per person or $139 per person. 

Lotus boasts beautiful water views looking out over the sunset across Barangaroo, which means it's sure to deliver plenty of romance.

5. A Decadent Degustation at Novotel Parramatta

Novotel Parramatta Valentine's Day
Novotel Parramatta's 7-course degustation is the perfect way to spoil your date!

Novotel Parramatta will get your heart racing this Valentine's Day with a delicious 7-course degustation at 350 Restaurant and Lounge. Designed by the venue's executive chef, the mouth-watering feast includes exotic starters like Venison Tartare, Coffin Bay Oysters and indulgent Lobster Ravioli, followed by main highlights of Gold Band Snapper and Lamb Backstrap, all  wrapped up with a delightful dessert for two to end the evening. Indulge with added wine pairing for only $45 and, of course, you can make a whole night of it and book a cheeky stay too!

The Novotel Parramatta 7-course degustation is on 14 February from 6 pm and costs $95 pp, plus they'll throw in free parking. Book now, lovebirds!

6. Jump Into a Red Velvet Hot Tub

Gelato Messina Red Velvet Hot Tub
Gelato Messina's Red Velvet Hot Tub

Gelato Messina's decadent Red Velvet Hot Tub is the answer for all those loved-up couples keen to get steamy but who don't own a hot tub!

The latest limited-edition dessert from the sweets connoisseurs is as mouth-watering as it sounds and is ready to be pre-ordered today. The perfect addition to Valentine's Day in Sydney for those out picnicking, relaxing at home, or planning on spoiling that special someone with a sweet treat.

Get ready to indulge in layers of cream cheese gelato with red velvet cake and red velvet fudge, topped with toasted red velvet cake crumbs and piped cream cheese chantilly.

Make sure you order your Red Velvet Hot Tub asap to have it delivered by V-Day!

7. Swissôtel Sydney

Swissotel Sydney
If wining and dining are your thing, look no further than the ultra-luxe Swissôtel Sydney.

The luxurious five-star Swissôtel Sydney is a gorgeous choice for a Valentine's Day dinner this year. 

Treat your special someone to a romantic dinner in one of Sydney's most coveted sustainable restaurants, Ten Stories. Enjoy a decadent dining experience designed by Executive Chef John Pugliano. Begin your evening with delicious cocktails and await mouth-watering menu items crafted using locally sourced and sustainable produce.

8. Outdoor Sip and Paint Class

Valentine's Day in Sydney
Outdoor Sip and Paint

What could be more fun on Valentine's Day than sipping champs and getting in touch with your creative side whilst enjoying the company of your loved one?

ClassBento's Sip and Paint Classes are held in a beautiful Harbour-side location and include instruction from artist Robertina Varga, who will guide you step-by-step through the artistic process. Bookings are essential.

9. Valentine's Day at the Grounds of the City

Grounds Of The City
A date night at The Grounds Of The City sounds like just what the Valentine's Day doctor ordered!

Keep it classy this Valentine's Day in Sydney with an evening of old-school charm and romance at The Grounds of The City! 

Spoil your sweetheart with an indulgent feast at The Grounds of The City, with a mouthwatering menu designed by Executive Chef Paul McGrath.

10. Get Your Swayze on at a Pottery Class

Valentine's Day in Sydney
Couples pottery

If Ghost is the most romantic movie you've seen, channel your inner Sam and Molly and book in for a couples pottery class.

Sydney has loads of pottery studios offering all sorts of pottery classes, including fabulous sip and clay classes. Family and kids' classes are also on offer if the kids will be joining in the romance this year.

11. Book a Romantic Getaway


There's no better time to book a romantic getaway than on Valentine's Day, particularly if the kids are cared for for the night!

Sydney is the place to be for a romantic getaway, with gorgeous accommodations dotted throughout. From waterfront suites to rural retreats, pamper packages and even a villa in an Italian-esque countryside, getting away from it all for a romantic night with your loved one comes easy in Sydney.

Check out the best romantic getaways in Sydney and beyond and start booking! 

12. Dinner by the Water at Kingsleys Woolloomooloo

Kingsleys Woolloomooloo
Splash out on a romantic waterfront meal at Kingsleys Woolloomooloo.

Perched in a beautiful location on the iconic Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf, the much-loved Sydney steakhouse Kingleys offers a premium, classic Australian dining experience with breathtaking harbour and city views. 

Share the romance with their $139 four-course set menu, plus a glass of Piper Heidsieck on arrival.

13.  Date Night at Home With Swanky Valentine's Day Cocktails

Valentine's Day cocktails
Feel like giving your love a Strawberry Gin Kiss for Valentine's Day?

If you feel like having V-Day in (sans kids, of course!), then crank the elegance up a notch and make some V-Day cocktails compliments of The Botanist Gin. Their Mozart Strawberry Gin Kiss is every bit as delicious as it sounds, and we've got the recipe for you! 

Mozart Strawberry Gin Kiss


  • 30mL Mozart White Chocolate Strawberry Cream
  • 30mL The Botanist Gin
  • 15mL Lemon Juice
  • 10mL Sugar syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • Top with soda

Method: Add Mozart strawberry, Botanist Gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup & egg white & ice to a shaker and shake well. Strain the ingredients into a tall glass without ice. Top with soda & garnish with a fresh strawberry. Watch the video recipe.

Bartender’s Tip: For a sweeter version, top with lemonade and add ice cream. Or, for a delicious dessert, pour Mozart straight over ice cream.

14. Bar 83 at Sydney Tower

Bar 83 at Sydney Tower
Romance awaits at Bar 83, alongside jaw-dropping views of the city you love.

Luxury and swoon-worthy heights await at everyone's favourite 60s-themed Bar 83, which is putting on a sumptuous Valentine's feast to remember.

Indulge in a decadent date experience with a selection of oysters, caviar, delicately crafted ceviche, and a delectable dessert, all perfectly paired with a bottle of the premium Perrier-Jouët champagne.

As a special touch, each couple will also receive an individually wrapped rose and a box of homemade chocolates, all for $275 per couple. 

15. Couples Massage

Couples massage in Sydney
Couples massage in Sydney


Experience the pinnacle of relaxation this Valentine's Day (you deserve it!) with a couples massage.

Sydney is a city that loves to be pampered, so much so that there are plenty of spas dotted around the city just waiting to make you feel as though you've melted into your massage table. 

Check out Sydney's best couples massages and book in some rest and relaxation with that special someone.

16. Six Decadent Courses at Aria

aria Valentine's Day
Fine dining is epitomised in Aria's stunning six-course Valentine's Day offering.

Aria is just about as lavish as you can get in Sydney, making it the perfect destination for the ultimate Valentine's Day date night.

Sip on champagne and watch the sunset over Sydney Harbour while enjoying a decadent six-course Valentine’s Day Tasting at Aria for $325 per person. 

Valentine's Day Ideas With the Kids

17. Treat the Kids to a Special High Tea

The Langham High Tea with Kids
The perfect heart-shaped treat; a high tea will have your little one feeling like royalty this V-Day!

Do something ultra sweet with the kids this year, and there's nothing more special than a delicious afternoon tea at a hotel.

Sydney is loaded with elegant venues for exquisite kids' high tea. From decadent high tea at the Four Seasons to a scrumptious soiree complete with harbour views at Gunner's Barracks, there's a high tea for all tastes to make the kids feel like absolute royalty this V-Day. 

18. Valentine’s Day Picnic

Picnics are always a great way to spend the day, and the kids can run around while you get a few minutes of relaxation in one of Sydney’s stunning parks. Here's a list of the best picnic spots across Sydney that are the perfect inspiration for a Valentine’s Day Picnic.

19. Family Valentine's Movie Night

If you’re in the mood to relax and lounge around the house with a nice cuppa, then we’ve got a list of movies that the kids can watch with you! Grab some popcorn and a bag of Party Mix, and try one of these family favourites:

  • Cinderella (or any of the live-action Disney films)
  • Sound of Music
  • The Greatest Showman
  • Enchanted
  • The Princess Bride
  • Gnomeo and Juliet
  • The Lorax

20. Valentines Day Crafts and Cakes

Fun Valentine's Day Ideas For Parents and Families in Sydney
Crafts are an easy way to capture their imaginations, grab their attention, and keep them happy for ages!

Get crafty! Crack open up some paint and have some messy fun making Valentine cards with red hearts, do hand butterflies or finger decorations. Kids can trace their hand, cut it out and write a simple I love you.

Otherwise, you can dust off the cookbook and make some delicious meals and sweets. Try heart-shaped cakes, cookies or cupcakes with heart decorations, heart pancakes, or cut-out fruit with cookie cutters to get healthy heart-shaped morsels.

Here are some of our favourite Valentine's Day recipes for inspiration:

50 Romantic Valentine's Day Cookies
How to Make Red Velvet Cupcakes
Pink Lemonade Scones
Chocolate Caramel Tarts
Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
Colourful Fruit Tray
Healthy V-Day Truffles

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